FileMaker Dev Conference 2007 - Day One

From Dwayne Wright - www.dwaynewright.com

For me, my initial plans for the first day included...

- Pick Up My Conference Bag And Badge
- Pick Up Much Needed Coffee
- Attend Keynote Presentation
- Attend Workshop Developing Vertical Market Solutions (Jim Abels)
- Attend Workshop Developing Estimating / Storyboarding (Debbie Asquith)
- Attend Macintosh FMP Server OSX (Rick Colcock)
- Attend Late Night Automation (Richard Carlton)

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE
I didn’t take one note I’m afraid. It was (more or less) your classic “This is where we were, this is where we are and this is a little tidbit about where we may be going” and some light humor in between.

ABOUT THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A SUCCESS FILEMAKER BASED VERTICAL MARKET SOLUTION - By Jim Abeles of Pre1
I liked the session and thought that Jim did a very good job of managing the session and the discussion that was interlaced within it. This workshop had a very good amount of audience participation. Jim discussed many of the hurdles, critical decisions and rewards of vertical market development.

ABOUT ESTIMATING AND STORYBOARDING A PROJECT - IMPROVE YOUR ACCURACY - By Debbie Asquith of The Moyer Group
I only stayed for about 1/2 of Debbie’s session. I thought she was delightful and had a great start for this session. It was just way too light for me, a full time FileMaker consultant/developer with over 10 years of experience. It still will have a great impact for me because I’m currently reworking our internal project management database for SolutionMakers. Some of the ideas and concepts she communicated will surely be taken into account as our new tool begins to gel.

ABOUT FILEMAKER SERVER ENVIRONMENT FOR MACINTOSH OSX - By Rich Colcock of FileMaker Inc.
The session was in the Fundamental track and was repeated on the last day of the conference. It focused mostly on best practices, optimization, monitoring, hardware breakdown and a Q/A. I liked the way Rick communicated / demonstrated how the effects of hard drive array setup can effect performance / reliability. Rich actually had FileMaker Server and FileMaker client running at the same time on his laptop. He then used two USB flash memory drives to illustrate aspects of array implementation. Very cool and I thought this was very slick from a presentation standpoint.

I had thought about attending Jim Abeles second workshop on FileMaker vertical market solutions. However, my boss attended that session and we did a debrief at the end of the day.

ABOUT MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE VIA LATE NIGHT AUTOMATION - By Richard Carlton of Richard Carlton Consulting
This session was geared towards the server side execution of scripts by FileMaker 9 Server. The focus was primarily on how some complex databases need to compile information from time to time in order to keep the solution running at it’s peak. Having FileMaker 9 server perform the janitorial work (via a script) after hours can be a big boon for key areas of a FileMaker solution.

I thought Richard did an excellent job of covering the setup, the hurdles, the limitations and the opportunities of scripting SSE (server side execution). He was very frank and didn’t pull any punches (although those at FileMaker may have wished he did). Let me clarify, he was frank but not inconsiderate. When he was discussing the limits of SSE, he was doing it with respect to FileMaker but also wanted to inform the audience. It’s a bit of a tightrope and I though Richard walked it well.
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